Shiranthi responds

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Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa responding to the Siriliya Saviya allegations stated that political opponents of the Rajapaksa government had alleged that the three individuals including Mrs. Rajapaksa authorized to sign cheques on behalf of the NGO had provided ‘false’ NIC numbers to the People’s Bank.

“The names and addresses of all three signatories in the bank’s system are correct but an error has obviously been made in entering the identity card numbers into the computer system,” the office of the former President in a statement said.

The full statement;

Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa gave a statement to the FCID this morning to assist in an investigation concerning ‘Siriliya Saviya’ an NGO run by her. The FCID was informed that Siriliya Saviya is a charity; an NGO registered with the National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organisations and is financed by local and foreign donations.

Mrs. Rajapaksa also stressed that no state funds were utilised in running this organisation. The Carlton Suwa Udana Programme is a part of Siriliya Saviya and was started with the aim of building a children’s hospital with residential facilities for the mothers who look after their sick children.

A fund was being raised for this purpose. Mrs. Rajapaksa also said in her statement that owing to the freezing of the Siriliya Saviya bank account, she has come to know that three patients who had been receiving financial assistance from the organisation had died.

Political opponents of the Rajapaksa government have alleged that the three individuals including Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, authorised to sign cheques on behalf of Siriliya Saviya had provided ‘false’ national identity card numbers to the People’s Bank Suduwella Branch. When the bank account was first opened by officials of the organisation a copy of Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s passport was given to the bank and the other two signatories Mrs K. H.A.N.Jeewani Kumari and Mrs S.K.K. Dissanayake, provided copies of their national identity cards to the bank.

The names and addresses of all three signatories in the bank’s system are correct but an error has obviously been made in entering the identity card numbers into the computer system. Cheques issued by Siriliya Saviya were not signed by non-existent persons. All three authorised signatories are real people who still serve the organization.”

  Comments - 58

  • C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 02 June 2015 05:53 AM

    Does the peoples bank accept that a mistake has taken place? Can this type of mistakes can happen? Thirdly peoples bank can say that this is simple mistake? Expect a reply from the peoples bank.

    Hiran Gunawardena Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:25 PM

    Hooray found out the biggest crime of the century a bank employee writing ID card numbers wrong. JAYAWEWA via DM Android App

    citizen a Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:22 AM

    If this happens to a normal person.well what would be the reaction of the bank and CID.Also why passport copy?

    dude Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:57 PM

    WHo opened fake accounts in the name of sriyani CJ

    what the hell Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:49 AM

    really? they have a passport copy in file? then entering the ID card number wrong would not be a issue. Because people do make mistakes when entering data on systems. Mr. Citizen a, if it was a normal person then bank would never care till there is a problem and when there is a problem they will check their files and edit the ID card number on file on their computers.Stupid !

    willowsd Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:45 PM

    Madam, do you think all the Sri Lankans are fools to believer this type of cock and bull story? what a rubbish, Bank managers should be terminated immediately?

    Push Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:01 PM

    When cash is withdrawn from the account dont the bank officers check the NIC? Are the bank officers so illiterate not to understand the strange nature of the NIC number? Also there must be a NIC with this strange number with one of the signatories. Otherwise bank should be able to show proof of identity at each withdrawal.

    Bala Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:39 AM

    Even the paassport has the ID no. on it. Can the Bank be so careless to put in anumber like 222222222. Also the application hard copy to open the account will show the signed declaration. Same defence by Weerawansawife that records at ID office was the error.

    Cobra Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:41 AM

    Never mind who has made a mistake if any and that is to be investigated by those responsible but credit to the former First Lady for coming out and giving a statement as required without any fuss unlike those others who have cringed at the thought of facing the authorities whether they were right or wrong!

    Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:49 AM

    Ex-first lady is trying to cover the elephant under the mat.

    mountain Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:37 PM

    Keep records without loss. via DM Android App

    Gona Tuesday, 02 June 2015 02:44 PM

    Please MS we implore you to put this family away for good as they have done lot of damage to the country,and people.

    LF Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:03 AM

    Further, its too much to swallow. Computer operator can make a mistake with a single digit. How can he or she make such glaring omissions? we are not so gullible.

    shamantha Welgama Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:45 AM

    These are very bad signals to generations to come.Now there is an impartial judiciary system. let them do the needful.

    polished Monday, 08 June 2015 07:55 AM

    Learnt to rob from the Rajapakses

    Rogney Tuesday, 02 June 2015 02:48 PM

    Source of funds??

    Push Tuesday, 02 June 2015 03:03 PM

    When the money is drawn out from the account dont the bank officers check the NIC.? Are the bank officers so illiterate not to understand the strange nature of the NIC number? Also there must be a NIC with this strange number with one of the signatories. Otherwise bank should be able to show proof of identity at each withdrawal.

    Herat Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:01 AM

    Questions:1. How much "Assistance" have these 3 "patients" being receiving?2. Have the ID numbers of the "patients" being entered correctly?3. What are the names of the CORRECT names of the patients?4. Are the signatories calling themselves patients?5. What is the "illness" these patients have been diagnosed with?6. The patients "have died"?? Are they speaking metaphorically?7. Is that a "suicide" note like statement that has been issued?

    Naga Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:06 AM

    Why was the Bank Manager and the person who who signed the ID card not taken into custody?

    nandanee Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:19 AM

    There are water tight proceedures when opening an account (in a Bank). Firstly one has to fill up a form giving all details and also fill up ones ID number OR the passport number. AND provide a photocopy of EITHER the ID or photocopy (of the details page) of the passport. Note EITHER and the OR - Peoples Bank is answerable and an explanation is necessary.Nanda

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 02 June 2015 03:43 PM

    Perhaps, Shashi Weerawansa can give a better reason for such confusions in ID numbers and names. All in the name of "international conspiracies"

    Premalal Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:38 AM

    I thought that no one was perfect but this lot is perfectly shameless.

    datta Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:38 AM

    One thing people must know. It is not mandatory to provide Identity Card when someone opens a bank account, It does mere help to the bank to identify the person.

    Confused Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:40 AM

    The PP copy contains your NIC number???Also you need to fill a KYC form. Deliberate error

    scarlet eye Monday, 08 June 2015 09:27 AM

    comment by "dude" (03.06.15) re. fake accounts in name of sriyani CJ also needs probing as equality of law is applicable to all

    TONY Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:52 AM

    BLUNDER BY BANK, SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECTIFIED BEFORE GIVING INFO TO CID. WHAT A SHAME TO THE BANK. AFTER ALL WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM GOVT ORGANIZATION

    Dee Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:53 AM

    Whithdraw all money from peoples bank. Or suddenly by mistake all your money may be given to someone else. So what the lady says is peoples bank is full of oafs!

    arjuna Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:55 AM

    Why did she tender the passport when all of us go with the NIC to banks when we want to open an account

    Banda Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:56 AM

    No Wancha

    Amila Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:59 AM

    What is the most important and compulsory document when an opening of bank account? I have submitted all the documents when i applied for a Credit card application, Identity card, salary particulars, etc.... but finally they asked me to submit a electricity bill as a billing proof. so how did peoples bank open an account entering a wrong ID card number?

    mahinda Tuesday, 02 June 2015 04:11 PM

    the mistake was only transfering data to the cmputure. The account hoders ledger carries the correct details,no Fraud or mis-appropriation of funds.No depositer has contested. This is political witch hunting obviously

    Mailman Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:11 AM

    Madam your son said your not into politics but statements such as people dying due to freezing of funds three ID no. incorrectly entered sounds political to me. How were payments released by the bank as Peoples Bank needs the ID to do so. It looks like your caught like a mouse in a trap. via DM Android App

    GC Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:20 AM

    In this way, the computer operator may have made a mistake in the amount of money deposited too by putting extra zeros to amount! What an excuse. These people, who deceived us for so long, think they can continue to do so!

    Prakash Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:21 AM

    If in reality a computer entry mistake has happened then the computer entry clerk should be punished for making such a glaring ID number mistake as the first two digits strand for the year and here it is 1911......is the person still alive. Also the hard copy docs must be filed somewhere or are they missing and or replaced?

    TJ Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:24 AM

    Again a computer jilmart?

    Sri Wickrama Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:41 AM

    This is another cock-and-bull story of Rajapaksas. They have a lot of excuses for misdeeds done during their period. People are not such idiots.

    baila Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:12 AM

    so many mistakes. we are waiting for more financial errors. this is a bunch of corrupt thugs via DM Android App

    Gobba Tuesday, 02 June 2015 04:45 PM

    Another GOOD LUCK STORY for the Baiyyas who will swallow this BS Hook Line and Sinker.

    J R Rajasinghe Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:09 AM

    Waste of government resources by this government in using FCID to peruse petty worthless issues.

    ANTON Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:46 AM

    THIS TIME FIRST LADY IS QUESTIONING FROM THE JUSTICE LADY ABOUT "SAVIYA LADY"

    jolly bird Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:53 AM

    THE COMPUTER CANNOT TALK OR GIVE EVIDENCE SO ITS WISE TO PUT ALL THE BLAMES ON COPUTER . THE MODERN SCAPEGOAT via DM Android App

    jolly bird Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:01 AM

    WHO OPERATED THE COMPUTER A HUMAN OR A ROBO IF IT WAS A ROBO IT DIDNT MAKE MISTAKE S via DM Android App

    Manel Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:29 AM

    When accounts are opened a document called.the mandate is filled by hand. Has this document gone missing?

    S.Sriranjan Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:03 AM

    Mishandling Funds of either Government or NGO are Criminal Offences!

    jolly bird Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:11 AM

    If it was a mistake committed entering Id number in the computer one can imagine how efficient the bank Official who was in charge of this via DM Android App

    Lima Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:06 AM

    MY QUESTION IS , WHY NOW THIS MISTAKE IS BEEN SAID , WHY NOT AT THE VERY FIRST INSTANCE THIS MISTAKE (IF THAT IS A MISTAKE) BEEN CORRECTED AND RECORDS UPDATED ,

    Push Tuesday, 02 June 2015 01:46 AM

    Can this be true? Are the people who get involved in these matters are so careless?

    Nims Tuesday, 02 June 2015 02:07 AM

    Can we withdraw Rs10.00 with an ID card that bears a wrong number? This most ludicrous. All three who were authorized to sign cheques and the Peoples bank did NOT know that all 3 ID card numbers were wrong. Who are the idiots???

    nandanee Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:19 AM

    This is further to my previous Email - Software developed by a reputed firm should have fields not only to enter "ID number" BUT also fields to enter "date of birth" and "sex"AND if this software (at peoples bank) was developed by a reputable firm - then there should wave been a facility to display an error message in the ID number ! ! - IT branch of Peoples Bank , this is OVER TO YOU - Nanda

    jolly bird Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:30 AM

    MISTAKEN ALL THE DIGITS IN THE I D NUMBER OR A SINGLE DIGIT OF THE NUMBER via DM Android App

    M.Muttha Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:10 AM

    it appears our ministers and their spouses do not know how to fill up simple forms. mistakes are always on DOB NIC no PPno. tell this to the birds. via DM Android App

    OMG Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:11 AM

    These people should be thrown in jail like normal people and then the investigation should go on. Every minute they are on the loose hey keep erasing traces of their billion dollar robberies.

    Desapriya Monday, 08 June 2015 04:31 PM

    අමිමන්ඩියෙ, එක බොරුවක් කිව්වම ඒකවහන්න බොරු දහසක් කියන්න වන බව දැන්වත් තේරුමි ගන්න. ඒ කාලෙ මුලු අරලිය මාලිගාවම හොර ගුහාවක් බව අපි කවුරුත් දන්නව.

    BEAN Tuesday, 02 June 2015 03:45 AM

    THE THREE PATIENTS WHO HAD BEEN RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSITANCE FROM THE ORGANISATION HAD DIED. VERY FUNY

    Lanka Putha Tuesday, 02 June 2015 03:55 AM

    Dear present government, please get with the program! Stop wasting, time, energy and money. What have YOU done so far?

    Mason Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:35 AM

    This is no doubt a cock and bull story. People are not fools to accept this, but I not so sure about the authorities responsible.

    Calculas Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:50 AM

    Pressing All 2222222 and V, what sort of mistake??? and does she think people are that dumb???

    Sena Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:28 PM

    Any computer software should validate NIC


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